Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  4. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  5. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  7. Painting for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting using acrylic paints. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  8. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Animation in After Effects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Animated GIFS are the most popular form on social media. On this fast paced practical course learn how to turn your images and illustrations into exciting animations in After Effects and give your posts the best chance of going viral.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Coloured resin jewellery: a masterclass with Kathie Murphy
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathie Murphy
    Want to introduce more colour and light into your jewellery? Discover the simple but effective tricks of working in coloured resin. Whether you are an accomplished jeweller or a complete beginner, join an expert to learn how to make resin moulds and get to grips with a range of creative techniques in this beautiful medium.



    Please note: you will be required to bring along some materials, listed below in section 6.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  11. Textiles: Japanese mending techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Hailey
    On this online course, You will be introduced to traditional Japanese stitch techniques, Sashiko and Boro to create samples that can be taken on to further projects. You do not need to have completed Introduction to Shibori to enrol on this course but you will need to bring in your own fabric samples. Shibori fabric samples are ideal if you have completed a course.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00

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